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llescas Catalan bread pizza
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5 from 6 votes

Llescas - Catalan bread pizza

A catalan twist on pizza using slices of bread as the base - so easy and delicious.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Spanish
Servings: 1
Calories: 505kcal
Author: Caroline's Cooking


  • 2 slices bread large slices, ideally a relatively plain but dense artisan/country-style bread
  • ½ clove garlic

For spinach topping

  • ½ tablespoon olive oil approx
  • 2 oz spinach 55g, tough stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan finely grated, optional

For ham & mushroom topping

  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • 3 oz mushrooms 85g
  • 1 dash thyme optional
  • 1 oz cooked ham 28g, 1 slice ham (e.g black forest, Virginia)
  • 1 oz Swiss cheese 28g or other non-crumbly cheese (eg Jarlesberg)


  • Get everything ready before you start - cut the mushrooms in half then slice fairly thinly. Cut the slice of ham into small squares, and slice then cut the cheese into similar sized square pieces. Roughly chop the spinach. Cut the end off the garlic and peel back the skin.
  • Toast the bread lightly on both sides then rub one side with the garlic. Leave this side up to put toppings on.
  • For the spinach topping, heat the oil in a small skillet/frying pan and add the spinach, stir occasionally as it wilts down (only a minute or two). Add the pine nuts and raisins, mix then remove from the heat. Put the topping on a slice of bread and grate over a little parmesan, if using.
  • Melt the butter in the skillet (can be same one) and cook the mushrooms until soft, around 5min. Add a little dried thyme, if you like. Remove from the heat and add the ham and cheese, mix through. If not able to grill, then leave on the heat for a minute longer to soften the cheese then either way, carefully stack on top of a slice of bread.
  • If able to grill, put both types of llesca under the grill - with the spinach, this is until the cheese softens and pine nuts browning slightly, around 1-2mins. With the ham version, it's until the cheese is melting both on top and further in, nearer 5min.


Quantities above make 1 slice of each topping, together 1 generous serving. Multiply up for the number of people you have.


Calories: 505kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 911mg | Potassium: 952mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5730IU | Vitamin C: 19.3mg | Calcium: 417mg | Iron: 5.3mg